Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears Defensive back Deiondre’ Hall (32) enters the field with teammates prior to a game against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. Redskins won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
2016 RECORD: 3-13
OFFENSE: 15th 356.5 yds/gm • 28th 17.4 pts/gm
DEFENSE: 15th 346.8 yds/gm • 24th 24.9 pts/gm
ALL-TIME RECORD: 4-5
LAST MEETING: 10/5/2014, WIN 31-24
Lots of storylines here despite both teams being a year removed from down seasons. Head coach Ron Rivera returns to where he played in Chicago to face a team coached by the third Panthers’ head coach in franchise history, John Fox.
January 7, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) rolls out to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
2016 RECORD: 9-7
OFFENSE: 21st 338.8 yds/gm • 20th 21.6 pts/gm
DEFENSE: 18th 354.8 yds/gm • 13th 22.4 pts/gm
ALL-TIME RECORD: 5-2
LAST MEETING: 09/14/2014, WIN 24-7
Visiting Ford Field for the third time in history, Carolina’s only victory came back during the 2005 season.
Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Tom Brady (12) take the field before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler III-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots*
2016 RECORD: 14-2
OFFENSE: 4th 386.2 yds/gm • 3rd 27.6 pts/gm
DEFENSE: 8th 326.4 yds/gm • 1st 15.6 pts/gm
ALL-TIME RECORD: 3-3
LAST MEETING: 11/18/2013, WIN 24-20
The Panthers only win in New England came during their inaugural 1995 season in the old Foxboro Stadium. Since, the Panthers and Patriots have shared some intense games including Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a pass during the pre-game warmups for a game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets
2016 RECORD: 5-11
OFFENSE: 26th 329.2 yds/gm • 30th 17.2 pts/gm
DEFENSE: 11th 342.4 yds/gm • 28th 25.6 pts/gm
ALL-TIME RECORD: 3-3
LAST MEETING: 12/15/2013, WIN 30-20
This will be the Panthers first trip to MetLife Stadium that opened in 2010.
November 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) receives the hand off from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Levi’s Stadium. The Patriots defeated the 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers
2016 RECORD: 2-14
OFFENSE: 31st 308.1 yds/gm • 27th 19.3 pts/gm
DEFENSE: 32nd 406.4 yds/gm • 32nd 30.0 pts/gm
ALL-TIME RECORD: 12-8
LAST MEETING: 09/18/2016, WIN 46-27
Meeting for the second consecutive season, Carolina returns to the site of their Super Bowl 50 loss for the first time.